Letters to the Editor

Ban pit bull procreation

In response to Barbara Sheffield (Soundoff, Oct. 6). Why do you think killing all the pit bulls is the solution? Why don’t you look at the source of the problem. The people who breed, mistreat then abandoned the dogs, who then are forced to fend for themselves. These are the dogs we are all afraid of. You think WAIF should do all the dirty work and just kill the pit bulls who come to the shelter? That’s ridiculous. WAIF is in the business of loving and caring for animals. Why should they have to kill all the irresponsible owners’ dogs and have to live with that on their conscience. Address the problem at the source. I agree pit bulls should be banned, but not for the same reason as you. I love pit bulls and pit bull mixes. They can be one of the most devoted and loving dogs in existence — depending on their owners and how they are raised and treated!

Any dog can snap and attack (I’ve known more Chihuahuas that have bitten people than any other breed, if a Chihuahua was as large and strong as a pit bull I wonder if everyone would think they are “so cute and funny when they bite), but like the WAIF article (News-Times, Oct. 3) says, the pit bull can do more damage. Whidbey Island, along with all communities, should let the current pit bulls live their lives out but make it against the law to breed any more and bring any more unwanted dogs into the world. Make it illegal to breed pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Wouldn’t that solve the problem? Don’t you think WAIF would love to never have to kill another wonderful animal, like Jockster for example, or Dan? Ever again!? Jockster was in a cage for two years — how would you react to that? Would you get a little frustrated? A little angry?

I would like to see pit bulls banned because I love them and their mixes and I cannot stand to see them suffer so much. It breaks my heart — it actually hurts —watching the news every night. All blamed on the pit bull, but the news says little about where the pit bull came from, why it was wandering the streets, why it was not contained in a yard, how many scars it had on its body, why it was starving to death. But you don’t hear about pit bulls being hung, drowned, electrocuted, beat, burned alive, buried alive, fighting to the death being literally ripped apart piece by piece, giving its all because that’s what the dog owner wants it to do, trying to please its owner, doing what its been taught. I’ve seen each and every one of those stories. I would live without pit bulls in the world if I knew so many weren’t suffering on a daily basis. A pit bull doesn’t hate a person it attacks, it was trained by a human to attack anything and everything. It’s the taste of blood the owner gives it. The dog doesn’t decipher between animal and human blood. NO DOG WAS BORN JUST TO DIE.

Debbie White


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